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Flannery O’Connor

Literary Arts

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Name Value
Date of Issue June 5, 2015
Year 2015
Quantity 20,000,000
Three Ounce Rate Non-Denominated, Mail-Use
Denomination Value $0.93
Perforation or Dimension 1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm
Series Literary Arts
Series Time Span 1996 - 2016
Issue Location McLean, VA 22101
Postal Administration United States

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Pane of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 1,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $18.60
SKU: 118900
Dimension: 7.24 x 5.95 in./183.90 x 151.13 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Layout Number: “P” followed by six (6) single digits
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SKU: 118906
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SKU: 118916
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About Stamp

On June 5, 2015, in McLean, VA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Flannery O’Connor three ounce rate mail-use stamp (Non-denominated priced at 93 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide June 5, 2015.

The 30th stamp in the Literary Arts series honors Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964), who crafted unsettling and darkly comic stories and novels about the potential for enlightenment and grace in what seem like the worst possible moments. 

The color portrait on this stamp, a watercolor painting completed digitally, is based on a black-and-white photograph taken when O’Connor was a student at the Georgia State College for Women from 1942 to 1945. Surrounding O’Connor are peacock feathers, a symbol often associated with the author.

From the escaped convict in her famous story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” to the nihilistic street preacher in her novel Wise Blood, O’Connor populated her fiction with criminals, con artists, misfits, and freaks, and she delighted in confronting readers with a harsh and humbling mirror. “The freak in modern fiction is usually disturbing to us,” she explained, “because he keeps us from forgetting that we share in his state.”

Although O’Connor’s stories frequently culminate in acts of violence, her goal was not merely to be lurid. Instead, she hoped to shock readers toward moral and religious revelations, difficult messages that she knew readers might overlook or resist. “To the hard of hearing you shout,” she insisted, “and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures.”

The artist for this stamp was Sam Weber. Art director Phil Jordan designed the stamp.

The words "THREE OUNCE" on this stamp indicate its usage value. Like a Forever® stamp, this stamp will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them at the time of use.


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Designer: Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA.
Art Director: Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA.
Typographer: Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA.
Artist: Sam Weber, Brooklyn, NY.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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